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Dearest Friend : A Life of Abigail Adams - Lynne Withey

Dearest Friend

A Life of Abigail Adams

Paperback Published: 9th July 2002
ISBN: 9780743234436
Number Of Pages: 392

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This is the life of Abigail Adams, wife of patriot John Adams, who became the most influential woman in Revolutionary America. Rich with excerpts from her personal letters, "Dearest Friend" captures the public and private sides of this fascinating woman, who was both an advocate of slave emancipation and a burgeoning feminist, urging her husband to "Remember the Ladies" as he framed the laws of their new country.

John and Abigail Adams married for love. While John traveled in America and abroad to help forge a new nation, Abigail remained at home, raising four children, managing their estate, and writing letters to her beloved husband. Chronicling their remarkable fifty-four-year marriage, her blossoming feminism, her battles with loneliness, and her friendships with Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, "Dearest Friend" paints a portrait of Abigail Adams as an intelligent, resourceful, and outspoken woman.

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"Withey has not only brought Abigail to life, she has also added new depth and richness to our understanding of the intricate history of feminist thought." * Kirkus Reviews * "Dearest Friend -- the Adamses' term for each other -- is most powerfully the history of a marriage, an "Eleanor and Franklin" for the 18th century with one important difference: Their marriage worked." -- Pauline Maier * The New York Times Book Review * "As lively, sensible, and forthright as the woman about whom it is written. . . . Illuminating." * The Boston Globe *

Prefacep. ix
A Minister's Daughterp. 1
Johnp. 13
Wife and Motherp. 23
Politicsp. 39
Warp. 57
Independencep. 79
A Woman's Sacrificep. 97
The Long Separationp. 113
Years of Decisionp. 137
Europep. 155
"The Ambassadress"p. 175
A Homesick Americanp. 189
The Vice President's Ladyp. 203
An Interlude at Quincyp. 223
Mrs. Presidentp. 243
"The Federal City"p. 269
The Matriarch of Peacefieldp. 283
The Curtain Fallsp. 299
Epiloguep. 315
Sources for Quotationsp. 319
A Note on Sourcesp. 345
Indexp. 357
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ISBN: 9780743234436
ISBN-10: 074323443X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 9th July 2002
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1